The fundamentals

Does your organization teach the fundamentals? Regularly? Here’s Don Shula on the great Paul Brown (from a WSJ article in 2008):

On the first night of training camp, he would dictate – and you’d have to write down long-hand – the fundamentals of football: how to run, how to catch, how to carry the ball. He did that every year. Otto Graham [Cleveland’s star quarterback] had been there 10 years and he’s in there doing it with the rookies.

Happy almost 2010. Here’s to hoping your 2009 was a good one.

Executing engagement

I think organizations today pretty well understand that an engaged workforce means a more productive workforce.  Understanding, however, has not made engagement reality. That lack of execution thing keeps coming back…

From the Deloitte Shift Report 2009 (emphasis added):

We also discovered that, despite some variations across industries, 75 to 80 percent of the workforce lacks passion for the work they perform on a daily basis. This is particularly significant given the strong correlation between Worker Passion and more active participation in knowledge flows. If companies are serious about more effective participation in knowledge flows, they must find ways to draw out greater passion from their workers.

via Ed Cotton